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July 2019

Shocking new figures show that more than a quart

first_img“Shocking” new figures show that more than a quarter of disabled people who previously received support from the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in one local authority area have had their social care packages cut by at least half since it closed.The figures were revealed in response to a freedom of information (FOI) request to Waltham Forest council from Inclusion London, the pan-London Deaf and disabled people’s organisation. The council told Inclusion London that it was funding 60 former ILF-users, but just seven of them had seen their care packages increase after being reassessed following ILF’s closure.Of the 53 disabled people with high support needs who have had their packages reduced, 16 have seen cuts of more than 50 per cent; seven of between 41 and 50 per cent; and 11 of between 21 and 40 per cent.Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, said: “The figures released from Waltham Forest are shocking; not just the scale, with 53 out of 60 people facing cuts to their packages, but also the extent, with more than a quarter facing dramatic cuts of over 50 per cent of their support.“They evidence that the closure of the ILF was without doubt a cut, not a transfer, as claimed by the government.“The FOI also records two individuals as having requested supported living/specialist placements and we are very concerned as to whether this is an example of disabled people effectively being forced into residential arrangements not of their choosing but as a direct result of cuts to their support packages.”ILF was funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and when it closed on 30 June was helping nearly 17,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently.But work and pensions ministers decided that it should be scrapped, promising instead that nine months’ worth of non-ring-fenced funding would be transferred through DCLG to councils in England, and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland.This transition process has been hit by reports of cuts to the care packages of former ILF-recipients, and government pre-closure statements and pledges appear now to be falling apart.There was little mention of ILF at this week’s Labour party conference in Brighton, but former ILF-user Jae Robinson, who in June was part of an attempt by disabled activists to storm the main House of Commons chamber to draw attention to the fund’s closure, told a fringe event organised by the Care and Support Alliance how important the fund had been.She said: “I went on that demo and I fought for the ILF because of what it signifies – the right to go to the pub, the right to live a life, the right to have an education, the right… not to have segregated education.“People need to get real. Grow some ears and listen to the people who are affected.”After the meeting, she told DNS that Labour had not yet got a grip on the ILF issue.She said: “They need to recognise that the ILF represented the fundamental freedoms and principles by which this Labour party was founded.“By denying people those rights, which the ILF gave them, is basically sentencing people… to being hidden away in institutions and basically becoming substandard and unworthy.”last_img read more

The Liberal Democrats have announced plans for a d

first_imgThe Liberal Democrats have announced plans for a dedicated NHS and social care tax, but have stopped short of following the Green party and Labour in backing a national, free, needs-led system of support.Norman Lamb, the party’s health and care spokesman and a former social care minister in the coalition, told the party’s annual conference in Brighton that there was a need for a new tax – perhaps through an extra one pence on national insurance – to deal with health and care systems that are now “on their knees”.But he told Disability News Service (DNS) that the solution presented in a report on the impact of the closure of the Independent Living Fund by Inclusion London – a national, needs-led system, free at the point of delivery, and funded by taxation – would impose “very substantial costs to the health and care system beyond what the system is currently paying for”.He said of the parties that have backed that call: “They are talking about not just maintaining the current offer, they are talking about substantially increasing it.“They have got to be straight with people about the consequences of that.”Lamb said he had heard “some really disturbing things” about disabled people having their personal budgets cut, with many organisations “expressing massive concern about support being undermined”, and local care providers in his area of Norfolk raising concerns about “what look like arbitrary decisions to reduce care packages, driven by financial necessity”.He said: “It’s quite bleak, really. I feel that both the health and care system are on their knees and I feel that the care system is on borrowed time.”He said he was “horrified” by what was happening to social care.During the coalition years from 2010 to 2015, he said, “the NHS was protected and social care wasn’t”.Money was transferred from the NHS to social care to compensate for cuts in local government spending, but “because it was not ring-fenced, that money leaked out to prop up other local government services, so it didn’t work effectively enough to protect social care”.He said: “That’s why there has to be new thinking here and we have to move away from a fragmented system that always disadvantages social care.”Speaking later (pictured, right), alongside Labour’s Liz Kendall (left) at a conference fringe event, he called on the prime minister to set up a cross-party commission that would “confront the growing crisis in the NHS and social care system”.In a joint statement, backed by former Tory health minister Dr Dan Poulter, Lamb and Kendall said there needed to be a “national conversation with the public and with healthcare staff about how we ensure a properly-funded and sustainable NHS and care system”.Lamb told DNS: “At the election, none of the parties came up with solutions to the scale of the problem.“Labour proposed cutting local government spending; we had nothing significant to say on social care beyond implementing [the recommendations of the Dilnot report] – which in itself was quite a significant breakthrough – but we didn’t have anything more than that, and the Tories had nothing at all.“There was a sort of conspiracy of silence and the trouble is that because this involves more money, everybody balks at talking about this openly.”Lamb also announced that he had set up a panel of “independent health experts” to “consider the case for a dedicated NHS and care tax”.But he admitted to DNS that he had not appointed any disabled people or service-users to that panel.He said the suggestion that he should have done so was “an entirely legitimate perspective, so I am completely up for that”.Baroness [Sal] Brinton, the party’s disabled president, told DNS later that “if he has the capacity to expand it, he needs that [service-user] voice on the panel”.Lamb said: “The political parties always obsess about funding the NHS. We have got to start obsessing about funding for the NHS and care.”And he said there had to be a pooled budget for health and social care to provide an incentive to prevent ill-health and “deterioration of health”.He said in his speech to conference that the government’s spending plans would lead to a reducing percentage of national income being spent on health and social care “at a time when demand is rising by about four per cent a year”, which “just makes no sense”.He told DNS: “The NHS has a status as a national religion in this country. A lot of people don’t get what social care means; social care sounds a bit old-fashioned.”When DNS suggested that using “independent living” rather than social care might secure more support, he said: “It is better and it’s a more Liberal concept from my point-of-view, because it is giving the person the right to determine their own priorities and make their own choices.”And asked whether a call for a National Health and Independent Living Service could help secure more funds, he said: “I’m attracted by that sort of proposition because the terminology we use is unhelpful in the public discourse.“Fundamentally, we have got to shift away from a divided budget which ends up distorting priorities and shifting resources into repairing damage once it’s done rather than preventing damage in the first place.”Lamb’s call for a National Health and Care Service was backed by his party leader, Tim Farron, in his main speech to conference.Farron said: “If the great Liberal William Beveridge had written his blueprint [for a welfare state] today, when people are living to the ages they are now, there is no doubt that he would have proposed a National Health and Care Service. “He would have been appalled about the child who has to look after their disabled parent or the hundreds of thousands of women across the country who are unable to work because they are disproportionately the care-givers.“So let’s today decide to do what Beveridge would do. Let’s create that National Health and Care Service.”last_img read more

Disabled people and others with personal experienc

first_imgDisabled people and others with personal experience of claiming benefits are leading a ground-breaking project to devise a new social security system, in which claimants would be treated with dignity, trust and respect.The Commission on Social Security, led by Experts by Experience, will seek ideas from other claimants, organisations and academics, before drawing up their own white paper and putting it out for consultation.They will then launch a campaign to seek public and political approval for their final ideas.Every one of the commissioners who will produce the white paper has been or is on benefits, and all of them represent grassroots, user-led organisations that fight for the rights of benefit claimants and disabled people.In a disturbing sign of the current system’s flaws, some of the commissioners have asked not to be publicly named through fear of Department for Work and Pensions reprisals.They hope that other benefit claimants, thinktanks, academics and civil society organisations will now share their own ideas for how to reform the system after the commission launched a call for evidence, with a deadline of 31 July.The commissioners have drawn up a list of five key principles on which they believe any new social security system should be based.They say all claimants should have enough money to live on; should be treated with dignity, respect and trust; should have rights and entitlements; and should have access to free advice and support.They also say that the system should be clear, simple, user-friendly and accessible, with people with lived experience involved in creating and running it. Ellen Clifford (pictured, right, at the launch), a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), and one of the commission’s two co-chairs, told its launch event in London yesterday (Wednesday) that its grassroots, user-led approach could avoid the “mistakes, the harm and the waste that top-down policy-making has led to in recent history”.She said there was no question that changes to the social security system since 2010 had failed benefit claimants and disproportionately impacted on disabled people.She said: “The pace of changes to social security that have been brought in, each with their own specific calamitous consequences, has left claimants, disabled people, and the organisations that represent us, fighting a largely rear-guard action as we attempt to mitigate the worst impacts and try what we can to ward off further avoidable harm.“As a consequence, we can easily come across as anti-everything and as having lost the forward vision that used to characterise the disabled people’s movement.”She said the combination of complex policy changes and user-led groups losing funding and capacity had led the movement to focus on “what is, rather than what could be”.She said this was why she and fellow campaigners from Inclusion London and London Unemployed Strategies – a group formed by unemployed people and allies in trade unions and the voluntary sector – were so pleased when the original idea for a grassroots, user-led project on the future of social security was first suggested by Dr Michael Orton, from the University of Warwick’s Warwick Institute for Employment Research.One disabled activist, who was representing the Unite Community union, and is well-known on Twitter as @imajsaclaimant, told the launch event that he shared stories on social media every day showing “how wrong austerity and the welfare system is”.He said: “It shows that every day there is something new that has been discovered that shows something wrong with the benefit system.“The stories we read each week should shame this country… but the longer it goes on, the more it feels like this cruelty is intentional.”He described how his own experience of the sanctions regime had led to a suicide attempt and left him with enduring mental and physical health problems.He said: “The safety net we once had is quickly being taken away, and for much of the time I have felt impotent to change the direction this country is heading in.“This is why I fully endorse this new project today to create a white paper, because it allows us to do more than just moan about what is wrong. It gives us the opportunity to provide solutions.”He added: “When I go into a jobcentre I start to physically shake. People also tell me that they are scared to go into these places because of the treatment they have received before.“More and more I am hearing from people who say they are unwilling to claim benefits because of this issue. That is simply wrong.“Jobcentres ought to be like valued community hubs… people who lose their jobs need to be supported and treated with respect, not treated with disdain and contempt, as happens so often now.”George Tahta, from Survivors’ Poetry, told the commission’s launch event that walking into a jobcentre turns him from an “articulate and intelligent” person to “a gibbering effing wreck, and that’s what they do to me and that’s what they do to a lot of people”.He said staff in jobcentres treat claimants “like dirt”, unless they have a supporter or advocate with them, and even then they “go away and stab you in the back” afterwards with a DWP letter.The commissioners will be supported by Orton and three other academics and researchers: Dr Rosa Morris, who has personal experience of the work capability assessment and last year completed a PhD examining the assessment process and disability benefits; Dr Kate Summers, from the London School of Economics; and Austin Taylor-Laybourn, from Trust for London.The commission is funded by Trust for London, which provides about £8 million in grants every year for work that aims to reduce poverty and inequality.The other co-chair of the commission is Nick Phillips (left), from LUS, who said: “The commission is a great breakthrough for claimants’ rights to have a say in the shaping of a benefits system that affects their lives profoundly.“We would like as many of those affected as possible to contribute to our call for solutions. This is their opportunity to have a voice and make a difference.”Bharat Mehta, Trust for London’s chief executive, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be supporting this pioneering project which puts people with experience of the benefits system at the heart of redesigning it.“The system we currently have is not working for far too many people. This project aims to create a consensus around what a new system that works for our society and the individuals in it, would look like.”Picture by Nigel CliffordA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

CHECK out the new Saints In Touch podcastWe hear

first_imgCHECK out the new Saints In Touch podcast!We hear from Keiron Cunningham, Jon Wilkin and Trent Robinson ahead of this Friday’s World Club Series clash.Podcasts are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes or you can listen at our Fanzone page.last_img

SAINTS have named their 19man squad for Fridays

first_imgSAINTS have named their 19-man squad for Friday’s First Utility Super League Round five game with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.Jack Ashworth has been called into the side for the first time this season whilst Travis Burns and Theo Fages miss out.Keiron Cunningham will select his 17 from:2. Tommy Makinson, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Atelea Vea (pictured), 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 17. Luke Thompson, 18. Dominique Peyroux, 20. Joe Greenwood, 21. Matty Dawson, 23. Shannon McDonnell, 27. Jack Ashworth, 28. Morgan Knowles.Stuart Dickens will choose his Wakefield team from:1. Ben Jones-Bishop, 2. Tom Johnstone, 6. Jacob Miller, 7. Liam Finn, 8. Nick Scruton, 10. Anthony England, 11. Michael Simon, 13. Anthony Tupou, 14. Reece Lyne, 16. Tinirau Arona, 17. Matty Ashurst, 18. Joe Arundel, 19. Jon Molloy, 20. Mikey Sio, 23. Scott Anderson, 24. Stuart Howarth, 25. Craig Hall, 27. Anthony Walker, 31. Jason Walton.The game kicks off at 8pm and the referee will be G Hewer.Ticket details for the game can be found here.last_img read more

Lane closures on Holden Beach Bridge start Wednesday

first_img The closures will begin at 9 a.m., Wednesday and continue until 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20.Although there will not be any detours, drivers are urged to find alternate routes. Drivers are also advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect possible delays. HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Drivers crossing the Holden Beach Bridge/N.C. 130 over the Intracoastal Waterway will likely encounter intermittent lane closures beginning Wednesday.The closures are needed for crews to safely inspect and perform routine maintenance work on various sections of the bridge.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Biker group continues tradition giving bicycles for Toys for Tots

first_img For them it’s the best way they know to bring a gift to those kids in need this Christmas while also giving them a new lease on life, hitting the road on two wheels.“We all started out on two wheels ourselves and that’s what we still ride is two wheels,” said Richard Porter who started the donation drive. “Cept we’ve got a few of us that’s got three, but most of us got two wheels and that’s our whole idea is get em on two wheels and keep em on two wheels.”The group will host a build day putting all the bikes together this upcoming Sunday. They plan to work with toys for tots to give them out December 2nd at the non profit’s race. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) – We’re coming up quickly on the holiday season and a local biker group is making sure Wilmington kids get their very own set of wheels for Christmas.The Harley Owners Group has for four years now donated bikes to the local toys for tots campaign. The bikers have gone from donating thirty bicycles to now more than two hundred in those years.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Join the American Red Cross for Battle of the Badges

first_img You are encouraged to donate blood and enter a friendly competition among local fire responders. When you donate, you can let volunteers know which team you would like to support. There will be giveaways and a plaque awarded to either Team Law Enforcement or Team Fire/EMS.Call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment to give blood at this event or learn more.The American Red Cross also currently has the Sound the Alarm campaign underway. Volunteers helped install hundreds of smoke alarms in homes across the area. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The eastern North Carolina region of the American Red Cross is asking you to give blood and team up with law enforcement while doing it.Battle of the Badges is happening Tuesday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Wilmington Blood Donation Center (1102 S. 16th St.).- Advertisement – last_img read more

Hundreds come out for 40th Pender County Spring Festival

first_imgA mother and her children enjoy funnel cake at the Pender County Spring Festival in Burgaw (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Courthouse Square in Burgaw was packed with people Saturday for the county’s annual Spring Festival.Fried chicken, barbecue, funnel cakes and more were available if you wanted a bite to eat.- Advertisement – There were also plenty of vendors, local performances and an art exhibit with pieces created by Pender County students.Festival founder Rochelle Whiteside says no matter if you’re from Burgaw, Rocky Point or Surf City, you’d be right at home at Saturday’s event.“It’s a nice way to unite the county,” Whiteside said. “Most of the time, individual communities are in competition in some way, but the arts have a way of bringing us together, which is pretty nice.”Related Article: Rain lowers ‘Christmas on the Square’ turnoutThe Pender County Spring Festival was established 40 years ago, to celebrate everything the county’s residents are proud of.last_img read more

ESPN Films Netflix to release 10part Michael Jordan documentary

first_img The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch is reporting that the two production companies are working on a multi-part 10-hour documentary about the legendary basketball player.Deitsch says the project is set to come out next year and that Jordan has signed off on his participation.Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York but moved to Wilmington when he was a toddler.Related Article: Sandra Day O’Connor says she has dementiaHe graduated from Laney High School in 1981 before becoming a star at UNC Chapel Hill and then made his mark on the world of pro basketball. Michael Jordan (Photo: MGN Online) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Get ready for his airness to hit the small screen in a big way.ESPN Films and Netflix are reportedly joining forces for a documentary series on the life of Wilmington’s Michael Jordan.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Minister Abela warns of more daring smugglers and traffickers in the Mediterranean

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion, Carmelo Abela, has warned of more daring smugglers and traffickers in Central Mediterranean, following the absence of operation EUNAVFORMED.During an EU Foreign Affairs Council in Luxembourg City, Minister Abela told his EU colleagues that the absence of this operation’s naval assets in its area of operation is not helping maintain security in the Mediterranean.He continued by reiterating the strategic importance of the operation, which was established in 2015 to contribute to wider EU efforts to disrupt the business model of human smuggling and trafficking networks in the Southern Central Mediterranean and prevent the further loss of migrants’ lives at sea.Minister Abela took his cue from the 6th South EU Summit that convened in Valletta last Friday, pointing out that an important element of the Valletta Declaration issued at the end of that Summit is security in the Mediterranean Sea, which is crucial for Europe’s own security and stability.WhatsApplast_img read more

Ubuntu raises 3 Million in the first 12 hours of the Ubuntu

first_imgAdvertisement With in 12 hours after launching the campaign for the edge phone, Ubuntu has raised over $3 million of the total 32 million goal.The proposed phone, called the Ubuntu Edge, would include “laptop grade” specs, such as 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Canonical hasn’t decided on a processor yet, but it would be competitive with lower-end laptops, CEO Mark Shuttleworth promised during a press call on yesterday.[related-posts] – Advertisement – Those who pledge $830 ($600 if you pledge to buy the phone today) are promised one of the phones, which are expected to ship in May 2014, if the campaign is successful. The phones would run both Ubuntu Touch and Android, and wouldn’t be locked in to any particular carrier.The company turned to crowdsourcing because it wants to include cutting edge technologies — such as silicon anode batteries and sapphire crystal touch screens — that haven’t yet been proven in the mass market, Shuttleworth explained. That’s why the company is turning to early adopters and enthusiasts for funding.Credit:  Wiredlast_img read more

Volvo to Begin Selling Its Cars online

first_imgAdvertisement Swedish carmaker Volvo Car Corp has said that it will start selling vehicles online as it rolls out new models to compete with German luxury rivals such as BMW.The company will gradually introduce web sales and spend more on digital advertising, it said as it outlined changes to its global marketing strategy on Monday.“The plan is to have all our car lines in all our markets offered digitally,” Volvo sales chief Alain Visser said in an interview.“We don’t see a car distribution network without dealers in the foreseeable future,” he said, adding that vehicles sold online “will still pass through the dealer network” for delivery. – Advertisement – Volvo raised its 2014 sales goal in August as it launched a revamped XC90 crossover, the first vehicle developed under Zhejiang Geely Holding Group ownership.With its flagship SUV and other models to follow, Volvo is ratcheting up the gadgetry and glitz to woo Chinese customers without losing sight of core attributes including safety and uncluttered Scandinavian design.80 percent of Volvo customers already shop online for other goods, the sales chief added, and research suggests many will do the same for cars in future.But some analysts such as Stuart Pearson of Exane BNP Paribas remain skeptical, citing weak orders from experimental online sales of the BMW’s i8 hybrid sports car.“BMW has tried it in Germany, but they really haven’t had a huge amount of volume,” Pearson said. “People still want to go into dealers.”Source: indepredent.ielast_img read more

Tesla plans to offer its batteries to power homes

first_imgImage Alignment Center Advertisement [intro]Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean.[/intro]A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.Even the all-powerful Pointing has no control about the blind texts it is an almost unorthographic life One day however a small line of blind text by the name of Lorem Ipsum decided to leave for the far World of Grammar. The Big Oxmox advised her not to do so, because there were thousands of bad Commas, wild Question Marks and devious Semikoli, but the Little Blind Text didn’t listen. She packed her seven versalia, put her initial into the belt and made herself on the way. – Advertisement – [pullquote position=”right”]The scientists of today think deeply instead of clearly. One must be sane to think clearly, but one can think deeply and be quite insane.[/pullquote]When she reached the first hills of the Italic Mountains, she had a last view back on the skyline of her hometown Bookmarksgrove, the headline of Alphabet Village and the subline of her own road, the Line Lane. Pityful a rethoric question ran over her cheek, then she continued her way.On her way she met a copy. The copy warned the Little Blind Text, that where it came from it would have been rewritten a thousand times and everything that was left from its origin would be the word “and” and the Little Blind Text should turn around and return to its own, safe country. But nothing the copy said could convince her and so it didn’t take long until a few insidious Copy Writers ambushed her, made her drunk with Longe and Parole and dragged her into their agency, where they abused her for their projects again and again.And if she hasn’t been rewritten, then they are still using her. Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.last_img read more

Samsung Asks Owners of the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to Turn them

first_imgImage Credit: BBC News Advertisement South Korean based conglomerate company, Samsung Corp. on Monday issued an alert to all it’s customers, asking them to immediately turn off their Galaxy Note 7 smartphones which have been spontaneously catching fire. The unprecedented move comes one day after the company halted production of the dangerously glitch devices.In a corporate statement, Samsung said it will also “ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7” while it investigates the cause of the fires.The company adds that, “Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using the device until further notice.”Samsung released the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 7 device in August in anticipation of Apple’s new iPhone 7. But customers immediately started complaining that their phones were catching fire. – Advertisement – The company explained that faulty lithium-ion batteries were overheating the device and causing it to ignite. In early September, Samsung recalled 2.5 million devices worldwide.Samsung offered replacement phones, but those burst into flames too.In the past week, an American user reported his replacement phone caught fire, even though it wasn’t plugged in. And on Wednesday, smoke started billowing from a replacement Galaxy Note 7 aboard a Southwest Airline plane before it departed, prompting the flight’s cancellation.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is investigating the incident on the plane.U.S. safety regulators and Samsung urged Galaxy Note 7 customers in early September to “immediately stop using and power down” the original Note 7 phones. Now, Samsung is issuing a similar warning for the replacement devices that were supposed to be safe.[related-posts]On Monday, Consumer Product Safety Commission Chairman Elliot F. Kaye said Samsung made “the right move.”“No one should have to be concerned their phone will endanger them, their family or their property,” Kaye said in a statement.The Federal Aviation Administration issued a warning to air travelers last month, asking them to keep their Galaxy Note 7 phones turned off, not to charge them and “not to stow them in any checked baggage.” It updated its warning on Monday, saying it applies to the replacement devices, too.Samsung said that customers who shut down their phones can “take advantage of the remedies available.” According to U.S. federal regulators, consumers are entitled to “a full refund.”source: CNN newslast_img read more

Useful tips to help you reduce mobile data usage and save money

first_imgAdvertisement Believe it or not, your smartphone is literally of no use without internet connectivity. Millennials have become addicted to Snapchating, Instagraming, Facebooking and Tweeting (not in that order), while cloud storage has picked up popularity and more & more people have become inclined to use streaming apps like YouTube and Netflix.And now with most carriers offering 4G internet, that’s way faster than the 3G speeds we’ve become accustomed to. 4G speeds mean quicker use of the data you’re allowed to. And that means you have to buy more data than you would have budgeted to use.May be hard to accept for some people but your smartphone has become indispensable. So let’s see how to cut down on mobile data usage without hindering your mobile experience – with the right apps and a change of habits. – Advertisement – Use WiFi at home and work All smartphones or tablets have a WiFi radio which allows it to connect to a home wireless network just as you would connect a laptop or desktop PC. This will help you save on your data usage, as long as it doesn’t expire first.Some carriers also offer hotspot networks of their own. MTN Uganda offers connectivity through a network of hotspots available through out the city, and your device should automatically connect to these when you’re in range.Turn off Mobile Data when not in use Turn off your Mobile Data when you are not using it, like when you are driving or sleeping. This will help to avoid excessive data usage. For Android users, go to the notification panel on your smartphone and turn the mobile data option off as shown in the picture.Strictly use WiFi to update your Apps Visit the Play Store on your android phone and then go to the settings option and check the Auto-update apps option. Please ensure that the Auto-update apps on Wi-Fi only option is selected or highlighted as shown in the image here.You also have the option to not auto update the apps at all. However, if you do that, you will have to update the apps manually and that could be time consuming and even frustrating at times.Disable auto play videos on Facebook Facebook recently added a feature that automatically plays videos in your newsfeed, regardless of if you wanted it to or not. These videos have been known to consume more data and you’ll probably want it off.Facebook Left Navigational Panel > Settings > (General Settings) Auto-Play videos on Wi-Fi only.Save data across apps with Opera Max The apps installed on your smartphone (plus the ones you’re yet to install) are known to consume mobile data heartlessly. Mobile games like Clash of Clans, Facebook, Instagram and SnapChat are heavy data consumers. How to go around this? Don’t download these apps, but who’re we kidding? Meet Opera Max.Opera Max lets you compress data by up to 50% across most of the apps on your Android. Opera Max gives you the option you to restrict particular apps from using your mobile data and keep them to Wi-Fi only, plus stop apps from using data in the background.The iOS equivalent of this is Onavo Extend app designed to compress your data and potentially extend your data plan. It doesn’t work with streaming audio or video apps and VoIP apps, but it will help reduce the impact of images and text.Image credit: Quartzlast_img read more

Standard Bank and ICBC Celebrate 10 Years of Partnership

first_imgPatrick Mweheire; Stanbic Bank Uganda CEO at the celebration forum. Advertisement Stanbic Bank and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have celebrated ten years of partnership by hosting a high level Business forum for members of the Ugandan/China Business community.ICBC, the world’s biggest bank, is the single largest shareholder in Standard Bank group having acquired a 20.1% stake in 2008.Delivering opening remarks at the forum, the Chief Executive of Stanbic Bank Uganda Patrick Mweheire lauded the partnership between the two financial giants which he said was a prime example of how strategic cooperation can deliver both tangible business and social results when likeminded partners come together.” – Advertisement – “China is Africa’s most important trading partner having generated over 300 billion dollars’ worth of business in 2017 alone. This figure has grown nearly tenfold over the past decade and is one of the main reasons the continent has witnessed such a rapid economic growth over the period. Our objective as Stanbic in hosting this forum is to provide a strategic platform that promotes constructive dialogue between like-minded Ugandan and Chinese businesses so they can tap into multiple opportunities the relationship between our two banks offers,” Patrick said.Ms. Zhao Xiufeng, Counselor, Economic and Commercial Counsellor’s office People’s Republic of China in the Republic of Uganda lauded the relationship between the two partners.In her statement, she said in the past 10 years, the two banks have been committed to serving China-Africa economic and trade cooperation and working hard to build a bridge for China-Africa financial cooperation.“On the one hand, ICBC’s head office directly provides financing to Chinese companies in Africa; while on the other, Standard Bank provides Chinese companies with daily financial services across Africa. This cooperation model has made a full contribution to the various types of financial needs of Chinese customers through the promotion of China-Africa economic, trade, and investment exchanges,” she said.Talking about some of the investments made by ICBC across Africa, Mr Sun Gang’s ICBC’s Deputy Chief Executive Officer noted that ICBC had supported 30 large scale projects- worth over USD 33 billion across the continent so far including the Kaka hydropower project in Angola valued at USD 4.5 billion.“We have been able to provide Ugandan and Chinese clients alike with different financial products and services that have made it easier for them to do business. One such product is the Renminbi (RMB) account which has allowed businesses in China and Uganda to save money by not suffering exchange rate losses,” says Sun.As the world’s largest commercial bank and the largest commercial bank in Africa, ICBC and Standard Bank are actively exploring the use of RMB across Africa. The two made history in Uganda by issuing the first ever commercial bank RMB loan in Africa for the Dongsong Group project.Mr James Karama Stanbic’s Head Client coverage Oil & Gas (2nd Right) speaking on the development of Uganda’s oil industry during a panel discussion at the China Uganda Forum hosted by Stanbic Bank at the Kampala Serena Hotel. He is joined (L-R) by Mr. Fan Bing, Standard Bank Group’s Head of Client Coverage Asia, Ms. Guo YaQiong MD, Guangzhou Dongsong Energy and Mr. Sun Gang, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, ICBC African Representative Office.Presenting a strategic paper titled, “China, the trade war and Forum on Africa-China Cooperation (FOCAC) and the implications it may have on East African manufacturing.”Jeremy Stevens an Economist of Standard Bank Group based in Beijing predicted that, China will continue being keen to strengthen ties with Africa, noting however that more focus would be towards investments in manufacturing where about 1/5th of Chinese investment in the continent are currently.“Chinese firms are creating the most jobs in Africa than any other large commercial partner. The scope for more Chinese partnership is obvious given that it has been most successful in linking Africa and East Africa to global supply chains.”Closing the conference Wayne Cook, Stanbic Uganda’s Head of Business Banking thanked the participants for attending the forum which he said offered rich insights into the current status and future direction of the socio economic relationship between Africa and China.last_img read more

STAR PREVIEW Hull v Arsenal

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here’s mounting pressure on Wenger – unfairly in my opinion – but their title charge does seem to have hit a brick wall.It may put today’s FA Cup replay in a different light and it’s interesting to see plenty of early money for the Gunners in the expectation of Wenger naming a stronger side than otherwise might have been expected for tonight’s match which kicks off at the early time of 7pm. Certainly a stronger team than he chose when they met at the Emirates.I can’t help but think that this is a competition that Hull will want to see the back of. They are currently in the very heat of the battle for a place in the Premier League and heading the play-off spots but still three points adrift from an automatic spot.Steve Bruce has seen his side come off the boil in recent weeks with a lacklustre defeat against Birmingham last week and 0-0 draws against Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday.If I was Bruce, I would take a defeat tonight if it meant the FA Cup was no longer a distraction to getting a prized spot in the Premier League.Bruce said: “The priority is the league and where we want to get to. We want to be playing the Arsenals and the Chelseas every week. But there’s nothing quite like an FA Cup tie or FA Cup run. Once it gets to this stage there’s all to play for.”“There are a whole raft of teams playing in the Championship on Tuesday – there’s a full fixture list. If we manage to get through then we will have to move our game on Saturday too, so the fixtures just pile up and that is a bit of a concern.”“Thankfully we have got everybody fit. Some of the squad haven’t played since the first game against Arsenal so it will be good for them.”The winners face Watford in the quarter-finals on Sunday. Given the Gunners have won on each of their last five visits to Hull in all competitions, scoring at least twice on each occasion I am fully expecting the quarter-final to be an all London affair.Hull City v ArsenalFA Cup 5th Round Replay19:00 BT Sport 1 / BT Sport 1 HDHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Feb 2016 FA CUP Arsenal 0-0 HullMay 2015 PREMIER Hull 1-3 ArsenalJan 2015 FA CUP Arsenal 2-0 HullOct 2014 PREMIER Arsenal 2-2 HullMay 2014 FA CUP Arsenal 3-2 HullApr 2014 PREMIER Hull 0-3 ArsenalDec 2013 PREMIER Arsenal 2-0 HullMar 2010 PREMIER Hull 1-2 ArsenalDec 2009 PREMIER Arsenal 3-0 HullMar 2009 FA CUP Arsenal 2-1 HullArsenal – Arsenal in the HT/FT market at 13/8 for me.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-100 points)BACK ARSENAL / ARSENAL for 12 points at around 13/8 with Star SportsSunday: -8.00 points (no bet Monday)What’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more

STARTERS ORDERS Wednesday

first_img[dropcap]W[/dropcap]elcome to Starters Orders. Our daily midday update from the trading room at Star Sports with our key market movers for the day across all sports.Wednesday 12 October HORSE RACING1.30 BathMonarch Maid 20/1 > 10/12.00 BathShowmethewayavrilo 7/1 > 4/12.40 NottinghamHorseplay 4/1 > 9/44.35 WetherbyFrederic 7/2 > 5/25.55 KemptonFanci That 10/1 > 6/1BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

£25 CASH qualifying new accounts FIRST TEST

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